Rumor: Android Gingerbread SDK launch imminent

Google is reportedly putting the finishing touches on its streamlined Android Gingerbread SDK, which could launch as early as next week.

As Artem Russakovskii of Android Police notes, accessing the latest revision of the SDK will allows curious devs to identify new API calls, check out updated OS functionality and investigate the emulator.

“[Still], what we probably won’t have yet is the source code, because AOSP (Android Open Source Project) code typically trails the SDK release by a few weeks,” wrote Russakovskii.

”That is all I can share publicly for now and, of course, a rumor will stay a rumor until it’s either refuted or confirmed but all I can say is I don’t see any reason for the source to lie or be unreliable.”

Russakovskii also noted that the holiday season was fast approaching, which would make it the perfect time to launch a new, tablet-optimized version of the popular mobile OS.

“[Yes], Android is still technically supposed to be on a 6-month release cycle.

“But considering that it takes a while to get everyone going on a new OS iteration – including both manufacturers and developers – I wouldn’t be surprised if Google indeed decided to fast track Gbread.”